Top positive review
17 October 2013
Like most people, I came to Stephen Leather's work via the Spider Shepherd series and duly underestimated him, looking on his books as faced paced thrillers for holiday and casual reading. (Although I did notice that as the series progressed he began to present the reader with moral dilemmas, some of which Shepherd himself tussled with and some which only the reader would see and have to assess.)
Now having read the Cramer series, Private Dancer, Confessions etc I realise what a truly talented writer he is. He does not have a style which can be placed in a niche. He simply writes appropriately for the story he wishes to tell.
This is a brilliant read, giving a balanced perspective of life in Thailand and its people. The lead character is an American, and Leather uses just the right amount of American idiom and US references in similes and metaphors to keep the reader reminded of that.
It is an intriguing tale of the search for young man who has gone missing in Thailand. Fans will enjoy the casual meetings with characters familiar from other Thailand based novels (I wonder how many of them are real?)
Whether you like pacey thrillers, detective novels, fast moving stories in exotic locations, or just easy reading which has been crafted to a much higher standard than the potboilers which now cram popular bookstore shelves, this is a book for you.